A local woman was found guilty Thursday by a Washington County jury of selling heroin on four different occasions.
Stacy Thompson, 33 and homeless, was convicted of three fifth-degree felony counts of trafficking in heroin and a fourth-degree felony count of trafficking in heroin while within 1,000 feet of Harmar Elementary School. She has previous addresses in both Marietta and Parkersburg.
On two occasions in July 2012 a confidential informant purchased heroin from Thompson, and a different informant purchased drugs from Thompson twice more in January.
JASMINE ROGERS The Marietta Times
Minutes after being found guilty on four counts of drug trafficking, Stacy Thompson, right, chides a Major Crimes Task Force agent (not pictured) for the agency’s use of confidential informants.
However, other individuals present during three of the drug deals could have been the actual drug traffickers, argued Thompson's attorney, Washington County Public Defender Ray Smith.
"Where's the confidential informant saying 'Yes, Stacy Thompson sold me these drugs?'" asked Smith.
Neither confidential informant testified during Thompson's two-day trial, and the state did not present any audio or video recordings of the transactions, noted Smith.
Smith postulated that a second woman present in the vehicle during the July 3 and July 5 sales was responsible for the heroin transaction and that a man driving Thompson Jan. 28 was responsible for that charge.
During the Jan. 24 exchange, which took place on Franklin Street and resulted in the fourth-degree felony charge, Smith contested that the hooded individual witnessed by agents from the Major Crimes Task Force could not definitively be identified as Thompson.
But Thompson was witnessed during or immediately after all four of the transactions and was therefore the common denominator, argued Washington County Prosecutor Jim Schneider.
Over the course of the two-day trial, multiple agents with the Major Crimes Task Force testified that Thompson was seen during or immediately following all of the drug buys and that both confidential informants had indicated that it was she who provided the drugs.
After just more than an hour and a half of deliberation the jury returned guilty counts on all four charges.
Thompson, who is set to be sentenced Sept. 16, faces four and a half years in prison on the charges.
Before being taken into custody, she chided an agent from the Major Crimes Task Force for their use of confidential informants.
"You let them take half those drugs and put them back out on the streets," she accused.